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Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II

Portability
67
Imaging
42
Features
31
Overall
37
Olympus E-300 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II front
Portability
81
Imaging
59
Features
75
Overall
65

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Key Specs

Olympus E-300
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Expand to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 624g - 147 x 85 x 64mm
  • Announced January 2005
  • Additionally Known as EVOLT E-300
  • Renewed by Olympus E-330
Panasonic LX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 17MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 392g - 115 x 66 x 64mm
  • Released August 2018
  • Previous Model is Panasonic LX100
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Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Overview

The following is a extended review of the Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Large Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the E-300 (8MP) and LX100 II (17MP) but both cameras have the same sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-300 was brought out 14 years earlier than the LX100 II which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-300 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic LX100 II being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a quick view of how the E-300 matches up against the LX100 II with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-300 over the Panasonic LX100 II

 E-300 LX100 II 

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 II over the Olympus E-300

 LX100 II E-300 
ReleasedAugust 2018January 2005Newer by 165 months
Display dimensions3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution1240k134kCrisper display (+1106k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-300 and Panasonic LX100 II

 E-300 LX100 II 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera frequently, you have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-300 enjoys external dimensions of 147mm x 85mm x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") and a weight of 624 grams (1.38 lbs) while the Panasonic LX100 II has proportions of 115mm x 66mm x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5") having a weight of 392 grams (0.86 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you select during that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the E-300 versus the LX100 II.

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-300 and LX100 II is 67 and 81 respectively.

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its tough to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions only by reading through specs. The image below will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-300 and LX100 II.

As you can plainly see, both cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Panasonic LX100 II to give greater detail having its extra 9 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more aged E-300 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II sensor size comparison

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-300
Portrait photography with Panasonic LX100 II
49
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
low MP (8MP)
75
you can focus manually
good megapixels (17MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-300 Street photography advice
Panasonic LX100 II Street photography advice
52
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
maximum ISO low (400)
77
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features focus by touch
above average ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-300 Sports photography info
Panasonic LX100 II Sports photography info
37
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
72
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (17MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
better than average battery (340 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-300
Travel photography with Panasonic LX100 II
45
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
low MP (8 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
78
better than average battery (340 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
features focus by touch
good megapixels (17MP)
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-300 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic LX100 II as a Landscape photography camera
43
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
small screen (1.8")
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
maximum ISO low (400)
missing Timelapse mode
77
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (17 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (340 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-300 Vlogging features
Panasonic LX100 II Vlogging features
9
can't record video
37
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic socket
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Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic LX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-300 and Panasonic LX100 II
 Olympus E-300Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-300 Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
Also Known as EVOLT E-300 -
Type Advanced DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2005-01-10 2018-08-22
Physical type Mid-size SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixel 17 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3264 x 2448 4736 x 3552
Highest native ISO 400 25600
Highest boosted ISO 1600 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 3 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-75mm (3.1x)
Highest aperture - f/1.7-2.8
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Available lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 1.8 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 134k dots 1,240k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 1800 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution None 3840x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 624g (1.38 lbs) 392g (0.86 lbs)
Physical dimensions 147 x 85 x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") 115 x 66 x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 340 photos
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots 1 1
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